Julio Reyes (b. 1982) was born in Hollywood and raised in Los Angeles. Julio’s aesthetic was shaped early on by the platinum light and expansive concrete horizons of southern California. Reyes earned a BFA in Painting and Drawing with a minor in Sculpture at the Laguna College of Art and Design in 2005. His work often depicts intimate dramas, and moments of unnoticed grandeur – tender souls finding themselves amongst the ruins, grappling with the pressures of modern life. In 2011, Julio had his debut solo exhibition in New York at Arcadia Gallery. He was recently awarded the 2012 William F. Draper Grand Prize by the Portrait Society of America, and included as one of American Artist Magazine‘s “25 Artists of Tomorrow” in their 75 Greatest Artists of All Time issue. Julio was named the Best in Show winner of the 2009/2010 Art Renewal Salon Competition, and has continued to win numerous awards from ARC and other art organizations. In November of 2014 his work was included in his first ever museum show, the Contemporary Realism Biennial, at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN. Most recently, Julio had his second solo show titled, “Vessels” at Arcadia Contemporary in New York, and took part in the seminal “Paintguide” show at The Unit London in London, England.
In his own words:
The world is changing fast, where do we find what lasts? Where do we find connection? Where do we find ourselves?
This is a sample of his work
All images © Julio Reyes
You can see Julio painting here and talking about his work here.